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What role does HR have in protecting staff in the physical workplace?

An increasing number of businesses are choosing to return to the physical office, whether that be once or twice a week, or full time. Either way, it is vital that employers ensure that the work environment meets the strict health and safety standards necessary in order to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst staff members. This […]

The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.

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Dentons has further bulked up its banking and finance practice with the hire of Simmons & Simmons partner Simon Middleton. Middleton is the firm’s third hire into its banking and finance group so far this year. Having been a partner at Simmons since 2005, he focuses on acquisition finance (both public bids and leveraged acquisitions), […]

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Who was on the shortlist for The Lawyer Awards 2019?

The full shortlist for The Lawyer Awards 2019, in association with Travelers, has been released, celebrating the best of private practice, in-house and the Bar.   This year, over 60 judges from across the industry debated entries from law firms, companies and barristers chambers. Our judging panel includes BT general counsel Sabine Chalmers, Rosenblatt CEO Nicola […]

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Debevoise continues London push with three partner promotions in 2019

Debevoise & Plimpton has promoted three lawyers in London to partner out of a total of seven worldwide in its 2019 promotions round, following on from the two it made up in the City last year. Tax lawyer Cécile Beurrier, litigator Christopher Boyne and competition specialist Timothy McIver were the three UK-based lawyers made up. […]

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